Elyse Bowden Grayson an abused girl by her stepfather, Francis Grayson, who although is a talented musician has a horrible temperament and a troubled past. Franci's past all begins with how he truhy believes someone in his family of the "women" he grew up with comitted murder. Francis has always held a certain grudge towards women in his family especially Lothian Grayson, his aunt, who would do horrible to him. All in the name of a person named Jamie. Francis though doesn't understand what Jamie has to do with him. Naturally Elyse finds this most fascinating for a chance to discover what is going on in Franci's mind. The chance presents itself when Aidan Madsen a man who is the embodiment of naivety and when Magdalene Grayson a woman of fierce ambition but forever distant show up in Elyse's life.
The Angry Woman Suite is what can be best described as a Psychological Mystery novel with some Romance. It's the story of family greed, ambition, and most of all how as humans we are flawed and because of that we make choices that affect not only ourselves but our future families. The narration style is masterfully crafted to make it read it read neatly with three different perspectives of Elyse, Francis, and Aidan. It makes reading enjoyable indeed and full of anticipation. The Angry Woman Suite has many, many characters yet even so they are all entirely full-bodied with their goals and feelings that can be seen in plain sight. In a novel such as this it is most important considering the immense intrigue within the whole story. Lee Fullbright has created a novel so incredibly rich and perfect for what is.
The Angry Woman Suite happened to be an "Amazing read!" which not too surprised in retrospect for the reason that Kirkus Reviews named it "SUPERB"..."EXEMPLARY "..."ELOQUENT". It also won the Indie Reader Discovery Awards but as a book blogger those recommending words by professional reviewers more often than not don't sell me on wanting to read a book. As a reader want to experience it for myself. Now have and it is pure artful genius. A really delicious reading experience. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Psychological Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance (less)
For many The Taker, the first book in The Taker Trilogy, not only introduced but also swept them up into the world of some alarmingly deprived Immortals. The Reckoning has quite the few shocks and unexpected reveals. We had lastly left off in The Taker with Lanore (Lanny) having imprisoned Adair the person who gifted her with Immortility itself. Lanore had also just met Luke , a doctor, who felt a certain connection to her and she and Luke seemed rather happy together. Now in The Reckoning, by mere chance Adair is released from his prison. Years have passed and though Lanore felt she made a good choice by entrapping Adair she never feels at ease after her decision. Lanore forever lives in fear of having committed her betrayal. She'll finally get to let go of her fear of Adair ever escaping since he finally does escape! Adair is back with a vengeance. You really get to see how he struggles to accept his new surroundings considering he's in the modern world and not in older times where he feels more in control. Adair comes of as vulnerable in The Reckoning which is a contrast to how he always felt self-assured in The Taker. Adair's fury toward Lanore's betrayal on most ocassions can be seen as conflicted since he loved her and as readers will see is that taking over Jonathan's body in the past which led to Lanore imprisoning him was because he simply wanted to please her. Adair throughout The Reckoning has an intense love/hate relationship toward Lanore.
Alma Katsu delivers once again with her suspenseful story of longing. For those of you who wanted to see more of Jonathan the beautiful man that so captivated Lanore for many centuries and many other women as well than you should be happy to know that he will be making an appearance. He wont be the same as he was! Something rather weird is going on with him. There's some curiosity there. He will though let readers know how he truly felt about his relationship with Lanore.
The writing is equal parts present and flashbacks to the past. There are encounters with Lanore's past and Adair's perspective of things that happened then. Adair where as a fan of the trilogy saw as a completely cruel and inmoral individual there is some eye-opening views of how he became the person he is in this novel. His greed for power ultimately changed him. He reached an idea that people with a bigger knowledge of alchemy had the right to take what they wanted and act on their desires. Although that turned him into a man with no restraint. As of now, Adair is someone that understand and actually root for him to hopefully end up with Lanore if he changes his ways. Some of the other characters acquired vulnerability where there only seem to be depravity before and yet others were worse in who they are as individuals. The books, so far, in The Taker Trilogy have managed to expand on the story and add to the characters on both fronts.
By now, have an inkling, that with Alma's books, well in reference to The Taker Trilogy specifically, you can only get mind-shocking turns in the play of events. If this book was one of the books that you or anyone were holding in high expectations then rest assure. The Reckoning builds on The Taker Trilogy and cements Alma as a master storyteller in Dark Fantasy. Overall: Amazing read!(less)
A Children's book with various locations of Canada. It covers: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and finally Nunavut. The story begins with Alice , a nine year old girl, who along with her cousin Cal and Gran are planning this road trip of Canada. Cal is the Official Factoid which just means he gives us information about historical as well scientific facts through the exploration of Canada. Canada is truly brought to life from its cultural diversity and from within its past with
Cal is a pest to Alice although you can tell how they are just lightly getting in each other's hair. Gran is the best though. She really has a way with birds and facts surrounding all types of birds as well as nature. And she loves her kids. Gran along with Cal and Alice can be very amusing indeed.
Even with the book having a Children's book appearance Hey Canada! will make kids learn. Igniting perhaps a passion to someday visit the Great Land of Canada! Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Children's book, Educational book, Illustrated book, Canada-Description and Travel-Juvenile Literature (less)
Kings, dragons, villains, and some mysterious sorcerres are what are scattered in Dragon Age, Volume 1. King Alistar is trying to recover his long-lost father , King Maric, has been imprisoned in , Velabanchel Prison, a seeming horrible place to be. He uncovers to his surprise that has been taken instead by Yavaneth a dragon witch. King Maric has agreed to be spirited away though much to the confusion of King Alistar. Through a last ditch effort enlists the help of Varric and Isabella. Varric a archer and guide. Isabella is on the other hand a skilled assassin it is assumed.
Something worth mentioning for Dragon Age, Volume 1 is the abundance of humor and ridiculousness whenever Varric is involved. Some of his comments are just hugely entertaining. Even so, its underlined by a certain serious tone from King Alistar who sees his mission as an important crusade. Not many joking around from him.
Dragon Age, Volume 1 so far sets up an interesting Fantasy world which we are still in the dark about thus far. The artwork has presence and favors the writing in good balance. Dragon Age, Volume 1 is for the type of people that like Dark Fantasy or elaborate quests in their graphic novels. Overall: Good read Comic/Graphic Novel (less)
This was some reading. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode there's some decadent artwork to be had and if that isn't enough well there's quite a story...moreThis was some reading. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode there's some decadent artwork to be had and if that isn't enough well there's quite a story to back it up. Luther Strode is a nerd and what seems to plagued most nerdy types in comics, books, and movies is that their live's are filled with some abusing bullies. With that in mind, all nerds usually want to fight back and its exactly what Luther wants. He wants to get back at bullies that he encounters in his life. Luther finds some mysterious secret to doing so, the life-altering Hercule's Method that actually works. Before long he's Mr. Tough but with his strange talent he soon finds it has unexpected results: uncontrolled rage and the emergence of a man by the name of The Librarian. The Librarian doesn't seem like a particularly good man in many ways especially when he encourages Luther's violent new habits. While Luther quickly refuses it becomes quite apparent he wont be giving up on him and he's willing to push Luther. Its a fantastic story that really has a lot to bring for comic book readers containing humorous geeky tropes and jokes that jump out thanks to Luther's best friend Peter. There's also a small amount of romantic angle in which Luther Strode is the focal point of. Although what's the important message is mainly that of how power can change a person even if that person is inherently good. Good stuff. There's truly a lot well-done in story and that's not even covering the artwork which , wow , is delightful.
The artwork for the issue was much like a good quality comic strip. The sequences have such detailing which feels very life-life. It's easy to become immersed in the story perhaps for this reason. Oh, and you will most likely.
High in recommendation The Strange Talent of Luther Strode!
Going into Freaks of the Heartland thought it's be some horror fest or something of that persuasion. Instead got a surprise. In Freaks of the Heartland, we are introduced to Trevor who is a young boy living in what can only be called the hokey upside-down of country living. You see Trevor has a secret brother locked up in and out of the way in the family's barn. Will ,Trevor's little brother , though isn't normal-looking. He's deformed like think Texas Chainsaw Massacre deformity. The townsfolk in the place including Trevor's dad don't believe Will is a human being. He along with the townsfolk believe he's a monster! Occasionally, there are arguments over the fate of Will and creatures like him but it never gets too serious.
That is until, Trevor and Will's father driven by peer pressure succumbs to the idea that they should put an end to these "creatures". Trevor though knows that the mindset of the adults isn't right at all. Trevor and Will along with others set out to free the creatures in hope of helping them see a world beyond the one that exists of only being chained up.
Freaks of the Heartland is incredibly easy on the eyes thanks to the artwork with a rustic color to it. Many browns and greys which has an obvious country feel to it that goes great with the story. What have to mention isn't something that adds to one's like of is we never truly learn how the freaks of the Heartland came to be even though its touched upon in the graphic novel. The other issue is that the conclusion ends rather with , hmmm, loss of a grandness to it. Losses a lot of its excitement. With Freaks of the Heartland, you get something that is alright graphic novel reading. Seems a story of accepting those different from you with an innovative use of story. In some of the fronts quite immersing stuff. Overall: Good read Genre: Comic/ Graphic Novel (less)
Vampire stories are widespread but really the question is whether or not to read them. There has to be no question on their originality take and involving characters. V Wars is a vampire novel. Albeit honestly a humongously original one at that. Michael Fayne labeled patient zero in our modern world in V Wars happens to be the first individual to contract what many politicians and doctors as well as phychiatrists call the I1VI virus-Vampire virus- and now he's known as the first vampire. We are thrown into Michael's world of while at first apparent normalcy becomes quickly discord. In blackouts, he happens to slaughter women in moments of close encounters. Letting it go on longer without knowing what is going on he also infects others from a far. That is how V Wars is built up. The changing of stories and narration of other people that have contracted the virus as well are feautured too. Get this though there are many types of vampires. Some of which we are repugnant fur balls and other cadaver-looking people. Vampires are based on how a peson may perceive vampires and also by the genetic origins (culture) that people come from. So we have a difference in vampire species with many much like ethnicity. V Wars premise overall is that they the vampires are hunting us. The vampires aren't the only ones waging war in hunting.Werewolves emerge too and thankfully they are not hunting us. In the end, the extermination of the human race relies perhaps on whether we can actually consent to some truce between humans and vampires considering they are much stronger than us.
V Wars had quite an intense angle because it actually had the entirety of the novel built on input from various authors who will, of course, bring a fresh take on things on vampire and werewolf characteristics. Its a mix of distinctive styles of writing which comes together seamlessly. Many readers will surely find stories or a story that they at least favor. Not only that but in general V Wars had quite an amusing tenor in its conclusion that a reader will no doubt find to their liking.
V Wars has some nods to 30 Days of Night and the prestige of being all of its own a colloboration of authors who managed to create something utterly fantastic. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Vampires, Werewolves, Horror(less)
Need to mention that as soon as The City's Son came into my notice had already formed high expectations for it. Mostly since there are times when a title's name gives an impression somewhat that they would be good reading. You know and sometimes hit the marks and other times you don't. The City's Son gave a fast impression of a novel of fascinating character.
With that in mind it turned out to be a novel with an entirely unique experience in reading. There are various encounters with personification in the passages that actually many novels today don't contain. Here's an example just too give you so you get a feel for it:
This is where her trail ends. Thrum-clatter-clatter, thrum-clatter-clatter … I can feel her vibration through the ground. A fox squirms out from behind a couple of steel bins and runs for the road, trailing stink. I let my breath stream out in a slow hiss. Thrum-clatter-clatter … The concrete shale on the ground starts to shift and a breeze picks up, spattering rain against my cheek. The burnt smell is emanating from the wall at the end of the alley, breathing out of the pores in the brick itself. A high-pitched wail fills the air: steel shrieking on steel like screaming horses. The clatter grows louder and the bins clang as they are shaken to the ground. I hear the ghost of a steam-whistle, her mournful, obsolete battle-cry, and I hunker down low. Light starts to bleed through the mortar ahead of me, outlining two glaring, full-beam eyes. I hear the clash of her wheels, stampeding towards me on a path of lighting. The scream rises out of my throat to greet her, cursing her by all of her names: Loco Motive, Bahngeist, Railwraith— —and as she roars out at me, I leap sideways and strike—
If that wasn't enough we get envirogated by a world much like our own but obviously with impressive amounts of another world at work is The City's Son with Filius-Fil who must defeat his mother's-Matera Viae's- greatest enemy named Reach (The Crane King) that stands for industrial's growing reach. The fight seems at length much like a Mission Impossible. Until, Fil meets Beth ,an unconventional girl in who gets drawn into view of the city and volunteers to help him in his mission. She finds his world magical and thrilling but soon catches on that it is much deadlier than anything else. It being deadly really makes itself more apparent when she encounters huge metallic spiders that usurp people's voices against your will sometimes. Another consequence is that Reach has taken Beth's friend Parva prisoner within its creations putting her new life with Fil at odds.
The story as you can now tell from [above] is impressively imaginative on its own which, by the way, have not entirely covered all. Even so, we still have one of the most captivating Fantasy characters still. Beth is truly a fun girl. She has all the amounts of personality to keep her interesting enough for readers. Fil is a swoon-making guy even if he has a slight grey tint to his skin since he's the boy with the city in his skin. And Reach a formidable opposing villain.
With the conclusion of The City's Son a lot of things ended well enough alone so wondering where Tom is going to be taking things from now on. Although authors always do find ways to continue their stories especially their series. The continuity have no fear on though. Tom Pollock has my faith. The Skyscraper Throne #2 would be one aiming to engage heartily in when it releases. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult (less)
In Verita, we encountered a new planet along with Brett who found out about certain secret plots with the colonization of the new planet-Verita. Now in Concius, we get to see Brett start to take action against the authority in her settlement. Things don't always go as planned and quite a few people get hurt. Brett soon becomes embroiled in many problems and finally finds that maybe stopping secret plots from occuring like say-people in high offices from programming sleeping pods to give people specific romantic partners- is no easy task. Doesn't help things with people turning on her like Chad Lambert or better known as Dr. Lambert and Ryan.
Again Tracy much like in Verita engages and moves the story in her favor keeping readers attentive. The Verita series really comes along. The future seems bright for it. The Science Fiction aspect is at the ready and well-done. Very much anticipating another novel installment in The Verita series. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Science Fiction (less)
In Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, we learned that Jesse and Cassius both are Drifters or simply put aliens from out of Earth. Jesse and Cassiu's parents had lived on until their planet became unstable so they had to send their people off their planet , although The Authority who is composed of people who are coming from Haven (Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson's home planet) who happen to be Shifters and are capable of manipulating a rare element called Ridium are trying to bring down the opposition of Green Pearl Drifters who are really part of the Rebellion of Haven. Ridium is a special pure black substance that has . The Authority are Haven's royalty including the branch of all Shifters but are now enemies to Jesse and Cassius as well as all Drifters since Jesses and Cassiu's parents are members of the rebellion against the monarchy full of Shifters. You see part of the reason, Haven had become unstable was because of the shifters manipulating Ridium in the first place which made Haven very much unhospitable environmentally-wise. Adaylla and Savon (Founders of Haven's resistance) had rebelled against the wishes of The Authority when they didn't want to cooperate in conquering Earth as their planet collapsed. Finally, we learn that Jesse is the Pearl Breaker while Cassius is the one who harnesses the recess energy from Jesse's pearl breaking into fire power. They are Earth's hope to truly stop The Authority from invading Earth. In Crimson Rising, Jesse searches for a way to build an army of Green Pearl Drifters before The Authority reaches Earth although stopping events from unfolding can go both ways. Jesse encouters a Red Pearl for the first time that seems to be a member of the dangerous Authority. Jesse is distracted though occasionally since Avery the girl he really likes had previously been captured. With Avery's return they meet Theo who quickly becomes one of the most dangerous enemies of the brothers. Theo really shows us the dangerous but amazing powers of a Shifter who can control Ridium. Jesse in the end must suffer losses even as he must remain strong for the war that inevitably looms between the Green Pearls Breakers Drifters and Red Pearl Drifters.
Nick Jame's Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising was very entertaining. To be honest here and now while did get immersed in Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars was much slower reading in pace or ocassionally loss any alarming quality that would keep you at the edge of your seat while you took it in. Now with Crimson Rising the potential that actually knew existed from The Pearl Wars exceeded in expectations in Crimson Rising. Got umbelievably far better. The action, a huge wow, increased to a kick-start by several degrees. A lot of things are moving into the grandeur scheme of the stale-mate between Green Pearl Drifters and Red Pearl Drifters which is rather good. The action and adventure also increased to any readers who had previously enjoyed Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars (which did, by the way). Given to you the reader as short and sweet: Awesome Science Fiction reading! Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Steampunk, Young Adult (less)
Blackbirds has to have been the type of book that goes under the category that decide toward reading since the author left an impression with their previous work. A case of being a fan of the author and in efffect their work. Chuck Wendig had actually written Double Dead as his contribution to The Tomes of The Dead selection in cartel of books related to zombies. Double Dead, "Oh my, wonderful, captivating, and finally astounding". That about sums it up. Blackbirds though delves far into the realm of mythology with the totem of death personified. So into the novel, Blackbirds, it was profanity ridden in most ocassions and plain dark other times. Relax though even with profanity felt compelled to read onwards. There was that unmistakable quality that makes you want to do so. A story of redemption where Miriam Black, the protagonist, has tired of being an uncaring figure in the world and finally wants to care by saving the life and hopefully lives of people she has the power to save. Layered in all manner of complexity with common language at its core-Chuck Wendig's first in The Miriam Black series is a capable novel. Overall: Touching read Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Fiction, Urban Fantasy(less)
This was one of those books that really grabs your attention with its intriguing premise but occasionally some books don't always live to expectation with Seers being one of them. A story that has no real strong power and suffers from lacking the wow factor. Kate Benett has lost her parents to a car accident and life for her and her smaller sisters has been tough. Her grandparents have moved with them in hopes of gathering together in this time of emotional pain. Kate having been in the car disaster with her parents was a survivor but she gained the power of a Seer: the power to see auras of emotions that come off people. Well until recently considering a new boy at her high school arrives one day and his aura is a silver color that's static and doesn't ever change. Suspecting Patrick O' Donnell the new exchange student is hiding something she tries to look around what is going on around him although most of the time is doesn't go well for Kate considering her boyfriend Aaron keeps growing suspicious with Kate's interest with Patrick. His worry is not unfounded since Kate starts to realize she's very attracted to Patrick and him with her. Patrick seeking her trust reveals that he knows she's a Seer and has come to help her protect herself from a horde of incoming demons which possses black auras. This a big problem since demons find Seers as very rare people to have in their control. Her life she ws is about to get incredibly dangerous she knows is about to get incredibly dangerous.
Well, Seers wasn't all bad, finally toward the end where events unfolded it started to get interesting! Seers had also a strong foundation in character development. There are some nice family ties to witness and fun frienships. Even so the momentum of the story heavily relies on elements not grounded in the Paranormal. Most of the time it hardly makes you want to keep reading with gusto of excitement which add it up to being that the Paranormal integrated is just not that intriguing. Auras are just it. Seers' powers are not more than that in this book and the demons are just as unimpressive.
Not a strong novel in terms of having a huge interesting spin. Wouldn't recommend for Paranormal Romance fans since the elements aren't so amazing. Overall: Not good, Not bad read Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult(less)
In Redheart, Kallon and Riza's deep inner wishes are granted and they can finally be together as dragons. So as Sela begins as a reader its a real wonder to find that Sela is the daughter of Kallon Redheart and Riza not Diantus but now Redheart! She's an artistic girl and very much like her mother wanting to look for her place in life. As the dragon-born daughter of Kallon and Riza she had an idea of what her life would be like: Eventually becoming a ruler of her father's dragon kingdom of The Leland Mountains until one day she transforms into a human not able to change back to her dragon form. Sela takes it extremely hard feeling that Kallon is ashamed of her now that she's human. Kallon sends her out to stay in human occupied land of . To adjust to life with humans now that she is one. Its not something easy for Sela considering she finds many people have poor respect toward dragons. When the province of Leland takes up a census on all the Leland maidens Orman Tistleby who's now Sela's uncle senses something fishy. Rather than risk Sela being discovered he figures they should return to the dragon dwelled , Mountain Gore, in Leland province. With her return Sela now more than ever feels her place is no longer just with the dragons and she must pursue her place in the world the same way her parents did in their time. When she leaves to pursue her destiny she discovers that the census was a total deception and a soldier named Bannon she recalls wants her to leave with him to attend Leland's province choosing of a maiden who shall marry Venur Vorham Ridess of Esra. Sela once there makes a new human friend named Gladdis in who at first seems indifferent to the endangerement of dragons but slowly sees that dragons are much like humans. While she believed at first with her upkeep she'd never attract the attention of the Venur her way of seeing things proves wrong and she's ambushed with a marriage she doesn't want. As Sela is stuck with no way out of Ridess Castle without attracting suspicion she starts to unravel there is a deep wave of secrets and planning going on behind everything.
Meanwhile Kallon believes that it was his own fault that Sela was left at risk as a human. Not knowing how his distance is affecting not only Sela but Riza his wife. He figures that the only real way to remove the danger his family will be in is to once and for all find Fordon Blackclaw and end his existence especially now when there are rumours of sightings of Blackclaw in dragon lands. In Redheart, Blackclaw escaped eventual capture and it plagues Kallon and his family with him possibly plotting which he very much is in Sela. For the majority of Sela, Kallon along with Riza journey on a mission to discover Blackclaw's whereabouts.
Since this is a Leland Dragon series novel we get multiple perspectives from some of the main characters in every given novel. In this one we get quite a few differing point of views that Jackie blended in Sela perfectly to keep a compelling story: Sela's which was a new character outlook , Kallon's , Riza's, Jastin's , Orman's , Drell's who we get to read into as being the son of Vaya Brownwing and Fordon Blackclaw who you would really get to see farther into in this book, Bannon's who is a young man that for some reason Sela seems to run into a lot , even Vorham's and Lacy Phelcher's point of view who actually featured in the first book, Redheart. She and Jastin seem to be up to their old , well , bickering and picking at each other which if you read is hilarious. For Jastin though in this novel its a real turning point since he finally comes face-to-face with all that anger he has had toward dragons for many years. Becomes something emotional and for readers who loved Redheart its something you wont want to miss in reading. All the new characters were interesting to get to know and again in this book we get this olden feel to the storytelling. The olden feel which you do want since its so Fantasy. In Sela, its an end of an era and a beginning of a new one for humans as well as dragons.
For a fan of this series Sela is not just an amazing novel its a continuation of a a fascinating young adult fantasy series that can also be for adults. Very recommended if for whatever reason you haven't reached it. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult(less)
Riza Diantus is an open-minded young woman compared to her fellow humans of her village of Cresvell. In these times dragons are becoming few and people are ignorant enough to hunt them for sport or plain fear. Riza has lived in the village of Cresvell all her life knowing how narrow-minded many of the villagers are that she's grown restless for something bigger or new to fill her life from what she obviouly suspects her life in Cresvell will be- ignorant. A life marrying a young man who wouldn't be capable of accepting her with the many questions she asks as a woman. The men expeting her to be quiet and subservient where she knows that life isn't something she wants at all. Riza decides to run away instead of staying where she will undoubtedly be put to marry a man by pressure if she stays in Cresvell. Just when Riza is out on her own she's viciously asssaulted by a group of men while traveling. In her darkest moments she knows there's no one to help her and she may in fact have made a horrible mistake leaving the comfort of the life she knew. To her relieve on this day Kallon Redheart a Red dragon who has run away from his responsibility comes by and saves her feeling the need to show though he's a dragon humans can paint a bad picture of them but they arent evil creatures. Kallon turns out to be a rather moody dragon than anyone would expect. Some of his issues could come from feeling he has such a legacy to live up to: his father having beeng a magnificent dragon ruler. Kallon though doesn't want it especially holding guilt and shame over his parents being mudered by a human dragon slayer. The same dragon slayer who seems taken with Riza as well when she leaves off into the human way of living. Jastin Armitage a dragon hater, hunter, slayer, and all-around destroyer of more often than not innocent dragons. Jastin holds a lot of hate for dragonkind since his family was murdered by a particular mysterious Gold dragon a long way back. He can be hard but also honorable which as a character is impressive to see. He often gets assisted b a rather crazy wizard named Layce who often teases him fo his serious and dark attitudes. Jastin seems both annoyed and amused by her most of the time. There is a deep sense in humor pieces during this time in the book that's good to read. Kallon really worries about Riza over her and Jastin yet his father's wizard , Orman Tistleby, warns him on many days that he needs to confront his destiny as the leader of The Dragon Council of The Leland Mountain Dragons. To him its something he really feels he can't afford to think about. So, while he hesitates a darkly viscous dragon by the name of Fordon Blackclaw grows stronger who's assisted by an even unsavory dragon named Fane Whitetail. With allies in Riza, Vaya Brownwing, Hale Brownwing, and Orman, Kallon may have a chance at thrimph. If he'd just allowed his friendships to guide him to the bigger picture of taking his place as a leader.
In Redheart for a reader that really loves fantasy or dragons this novel series that begins with this book should be a delicious treat in an otherwise same -old- same-old - palette. The narration is omniscient allowing for the readers to really see into all the darkest corners of the story as well as characters. This is a book that seeps into your mind and the stortelling is just wonderful very picturesque.
Riza and Kallon formed a bond that really surpasses species boundaries through mutual understanding that besides the fascinating fantasy curving movement of the story held quite the lovely message. A fantasy not to discount. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Dragons, Young Adult(less)
A while back had mentioned that Perilous Light was one of those novels that was highly anticipating. Once it finally arrived can happily mention is a read that devoured in about 11 hours. Needless to say in a day! It was one of those novels that hits you with an intense sensation to read through without stopping since you want to absorb it as soon as possible. The entire time in reading was held captivated which was helped by Aylssa's interesting and creative fantasy world building. Oh yeah there were some new characters and new relationships which were a wonder to read into. If you happened to have reached in reading Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy and found it to your liking then continue it with Perilous Light. Contains quite a few surprises that pop-up!
In the Afterglow Trilogy #2, Perilous Light , the story keeps on spinning again. Charlotte had to leave Calvin behind in Energo so its no secret Charlotte mourns him. Charlotte though has to hold her ground to make a point to Calvin she is the one to believe and not Blake. So if he doesn't she can't be at his side. Still their being apart is wearing on them both. While Kevin is begining to feel that basketball just doesn't carry the same appeal it used to be.
Kevin knows his real duty lies with protecting his sister Charlotte as her Guardian warrior. So when he gets ambushed by old Guardians of Charlotte's mother who happened to be an Essence too, it just makes Charlotte as well as Kevin realize they have to return to Energo to see what in the world is going on over there. Once there they see that Blake's number one goal at the moment is conquering lands and that his devious influence is going strong. Charlotte, Monty, Lawson: Henry's older brother, Liam, and James decide to split up to have a better chance at not only stopping but also to rescue Charlotte's mother which towards the end of Beckoning Light we learn is still alive but in a semi sedated state. Along the way, Charlotte discovers that her and Liam's spark a long time ago may have some influence over Liam's skilled archery and strength. Meanwhile, Kevin has to learn how to be a leader in front of others so he can have hope in obtaining help from other countries besides Energo to fight against Blake and his army. During their seperate journeys we get to see Charlotte and Kevin under pressure and try to handle themselves. We also get to see new places other than Energo. Some of which aren't stuck in the old days but choose to be modern and others with shapeshifters or some strange-looking beings. Fascinating to read since you really experience the develpment of Fantasy. All in all these were some of the main surprises that were interesting although there's still more in Perilous Light!
Perilous Light continues more secrets and danger only found in Fantasy that Fantasy fans who like their reads with romance should enjoy. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Shapeshifters(less)
Romance novels often rely on having an intrigue filled story and Sandrine O' Shea has got it with The Courtesan's Bed. Regine was an innocent governess who didn't know the first things about sex. Until she catches the eye of his employer Penbry Granger, Marquess of Blackwall who's family she works for. Regine in love even knowing he's married and has a daughter and a son begins an affair. Foolishly she believed when his wife , discovered the affair he'd protect her. He doesn't and she is kicked out of her job without a recommendation so that she ends up with no chance at supporting herself in anyway. She becomes penniless and without much turns to a life of a courtesan which is really-- a high class prostitute.
“My father took advantage of you, true. He admitted as much to me when I demanded to know why you had been dismissed. But there were other paths you could’ve taken, Régine. You didn’t need to resort to prostituting yourself to survive.” She burst out laughing. “Oh my poor, privileged little lordling…how astonishingly naïve you are for such a sophisticated man.” She walked back to the settee, sat down and insolently draped her arms across its back, displaying herself to mock him. “Well, have a seat, monsieur, because I’m going to give you an education I’m sure you never got at Oxford.” He sat down. And while he listened, Régine told him about her parents’ untimely deaths while mountain climbing in the Alps, and her own need to support herself, since none of her few remaining relatives possessed enough charity to offer her a home. So she embarked upon the only avenue open to an impoverished, genteel young lady of good family. She became a governess. She related how the head of the employment agency had warned her about lustful aristocrats and their sons. When she first came to Blackwall Manor, everything was fine. As long as Kate and Emma excelled at their lessons, she was safe. And then the master of the house noticed her, and she was no longer safe at all.
Just as Regine has transformed her image to that of The Queen of Fire who's now an empowered woman the son of the man who turned her away Darius Granger, Earl of Clarridge turns up and makes it quite clear he wants her. Regine doesn't at first know what he could want just wishes he doesn't want to destroy her life like his father did. What she hardly knows is Darius (Earl of Clarridge) has come to amaze her since he's always loved her even when she was only a governess.
With The Courtesan's Bed couldn't help notice had everything in a romance novel including some small action/adventure moments. About the romance well its a thing of intrigue we see the lust Darius carries for Regine isn't just that but he really cares about having her by his side and as a reader you slowly see them enjoy each other's company to eventually see them realize they might love each other. Its not only about romance and the intrigue there's a intricate story here with intricacy. And you also see actual hilarious moments where theirs Anatole Beaucaire with the Parisian society who who's outgoing and friends with Regine. Its a novel that sure has romance, humor, action, and danger including differing point of views of courtesans of France where during that time courtesans were all the rage.
The Courtesan's Bed would come to recommend for fans of Historical Romance books. You'll like this since it has depth. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance(less)
Sophie Perkins a young girl comes down with a dehibilating sickness that lasts some time. Her stepmother keeps Sophie locked away so she wont be contagious. So while Sophie's father is away and dies Sophie's hope of soon being released is dashed since now her stepmother swears that the illness she contracted has left he horribly ugly! For that reason she wont allow Sophie to see her face so that she doesn'f feel disgusted by her appearance. Years pass, and Sophie's now a young woman who still hasn't seen her own face or even seen the world. Yet, Sophie's wish is to get to be out there regardless if she's ugly. Then there is Oliver the lonely puppeter rejected by his parents for having chosen his trade of puppetry. Oliver has as a young man grown a huge loner. Isolating himself from people in favor for his puppets! His puppets that all contain fascinating and unique characteristics. Though Oliver seems lonely he has chosen his isolation unlike Sophie though they both don't realize how much the're truly not experiencing in life. Kneeling to the power of a shooting star, Oliver and Sophie , remember an old wive's tale that if you mean a wish when there is a shooting star it comes true. Sophie wishes for freedom while Oliver wishes for his puppets to come to life so he can finally have a family. These two unexpectedly meet while Oliver's puppets spring to actual life and escape from Oliver leading them to each other. Sophie seeking to help Oliver tries to bring back his puppets. The same puppets who chose to escape him since they felt Oliver only kept them locked away with him where they never saw the light of day. Unfortunately, they are both soon dragged into the myterious Puppet Parade that at first seems like paradise considering people living in various town they stop at seem happy but it is far from it. Sophie and Oliver must keep each other from falling under the in actuality sinister, Puppet Parade. Zeibab Alayan's Puppet Parade is her first novel which is somewhat of an impressive book. Meaning that it has an engaging story and incredibly new Fantasy world that is fun as well as humurous although very dangerous too. In Puppet Parade, we see from both Sophie and Oliver's perspectives throughout the story. We venture to a story where it begins in our world centered in reality but slowly we come into contact with a hugely magical whole other side. One girl seeks and one boy seeks to be less alone where finally they find what they seek unwittingly with each other.
Zeinab has a fantastic voice that is very multi-faceted and humorous based on which characters she's chaneeling at any given moment. Helps to capture your attention. We as the reader are introduced to a very creative story as well as characters. A gem of a book, really. This book is not only amzaing but contains ample amounts of creativity with strong messages at work in the background.
For fans of Fantasy that embrace new ideas in the otherwise full corners of fairy-tale creations and Adventure Fantasy works. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy (less)
Matchbox Girls's premise thought when first approaching to read that it may be interesting but for the most part was disappointed.
Marley was a girl with certain anxiety problems who it appears has become close to twin sisters Kari and Lissa. They become really close and then when for some strange reason their guardian, Zachariah , disappears Marley becomes the person they must turn to , Marley, really doesn't want to get involved but she can't bear the twins to be in danger. She is now part of a war with angels. One where angels aren't the only ones with a foothold on the war having to do with the twins. Worse still in trying to find a way to protect the twins from forces that see the twins as habingers of destruction, it becomes apparent Lissa and Kari's father is Akkaterin Ettoriel the angel who wants to eliminate them. Research Girl or really Marley must look now for a safe way out of this mess. Things start to become difficult as Penny who is known as Smile Girl , and Branwyn who goes by Action Girl are put into the Celestial war as well. Leading Matchbox Girls in a dangerous direction. There is hope to be found with the Senyaza company a mysterious group who help fellow Nephilim against angels. Yet, as Marley is about to learn the supernatural is a harsh and complicated place.
Some of the let-down qualities of Matchbox Girls is that it wasn't the type of book you get to enjoy right off while you start reading. You have to read for almost a while until it actually grabs your attention. There was also toward the end of the story it was rather vague as to what happened concerning Akkaterin Ettoriel and a certain action he did. When in reading its better for all readers to really understand what's going on which we didn't get here concerning what happened with Akkaterin Ettoriel. Besides these two issues in Matchbox Girls everything else wasn't too bad. There is an intricate building of the paranormal involved where we are introduced to the world of the celestials that are trying to get the twins. It included a unique hierarchy that was something like this: angels are much like in the t.v. show Supernatural where they follow heaven's orders without question, nephilim who are the children of fallen angels and humans, demons who may or may not be good, and Kaju who are these types of monsters that are almost as powerful as celestials-angels. There are also some other rules involved with the powers of being a nephilim or an angel.
In Matchbox Girls the story is so creative that it has potential for even more content. Leaving with a way for us to find futher to who are Marley's parents, what the story is of Lissa and Kari's father & mother , including a possible romance on the rise with Marley and Corbin, a fellow Nephilim. All of which still have a seedling of wanting to know what will happen next since the book is capable of growing on you. Will be reading future books to come if there are sequels. Really hope will be better than Matchbox Girls since saw potential in this one that could've been better realized. This isn't an amazing book or almost amazing book but an ok book. Should you like to take you chances with it then go ahead.
Overall: Not good, Not bad read Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Angels, Romance(less)
Lanore comes on a serial killer killing a in an alley after she herself was assaulted minutes ago after she had been stealing a case of university textbooks out of necessity. Fire Baptized really begins with an attention-grabbing start along with introducing the current life of. She lives with her ex-boyfriend , Meshack, at his apartment she happens to share with him. It's also quickly obvious that he still wants her but she pushes him away since in the past he cheated on her. Just as Lanore starts to wind down from her frightening encounter in the alley, she receives an ominous message from the killer she couldn't quite see in the alleyway amidst raining downpour and cloudiness. She saw a murder being committed but didn't get a good view of the actual killer! This serves unfortunate to put her on the killer's target list. Well at least Zulu the face of MFE (Mixbreeds for Equality) is willing to use all his resources to help her. Of course, Meshack , isn't sitting out of protecting her either. Zulu and Meshack isn't a good combination and the added mystery of the unknown killer does make the situation incredibly deadly.
This was a book that started out really great and waned but finally reached a good point again in terms of the plot. Its very plot-driven and actually so-so in character development. The favorites being Lanore, Zulu, Meshack, and the mysterious "The Palero". Lanore is very much a strong female that express her mind such as not letting the guys push her, Zulu the calm but commanding guy, and Meshack the jealous ex-boyfriend who seems to still miss Lanore. Readers now will have to decide between Zulu and Meshack. Zulu is someone admirable for his confident self as well as allowing Lanore to make her own decisions. Meshack has his good attributes but comes out immature and pushy. The Palero is a character that from what got from Fire Baptized was this almost overwhelming powerful supernatural. Hopefully in the novels to come we can discover what The Palero is and his connection to Lanore. Readers should keep an eye out for the romance though. The romance besides being emotional can be sensous. In this particular scene, we get Kenya Wright's sense for the seducing scenes she can create. There's humor too in a moment in the novel when Lanore sets out to find clues to who the killer is and she happens to have to go to a stripper club. Very hilarious! Kept thinking. wow, didn't see that coming.